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Sets of Fingerprints
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Set of Three Hundred Fingerprints
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Wooden box labelled "The 300 sets of Fingerprints". Contains the following:
Wooden tray divided into four compartments, each containing a bundle of fingerprint notation cards classified by patterns of arches, ridges, loops and whorls
Original labels from the box
Proof copy of the chapter "Specimen Directory of 300 Sets" from Galton's book Fingerprint Directories
Sets of fingerprints on cards
Galton is credited with pioneering the scientific methodology for using fingerprints for forensic purposes, collecting some 8,000 and classifying them; the 300 sets of fingerprints in this box were meticulously codified and grouped by type.